ARLINGTON -- A day before kicking off a three-game series against the first-place Rangers, the Angels found out they would be without their starting catcher for the next couple months.
Chris Iannetta has a fractured right wrist, sustained on a hit by pitch last week, and is set to undergo wrist surgery Friday that will keep him out an estimated six to eight weeks, the team announced in a news release Thursday.
Iannetta originally suffered the injury after getting drilled by a fastball from Twins righty Liam Hendriks in the second inning on May 2, but stayed in and finished catching Jered Weaver's no-hitter. The 29-year-old didn't start the next three games, but played in three in a row before getting the day off in the series finale against the Twins on Wednesday.
Acquired from the Rockies in exchange for righty Tyler Chatwood in late November, Iannetta was batting .197 with three homers and nine RBIs in his first 26 games.
Now that he's on the shelf, backup catcher Bobby Wilson -- 6-for-27 while making 10 starts -- will see a lot more playing time, and the Angels are expected to call up John Hester from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill the extra spot on the roster, according to a source familiar with the situation. Hester, signed to a Minor League deal in late April, was batting .222 (6-for-27) with a homer and five RBIs in eight games for the Salt Lake Bees. Young catcher Hank Conger hasn't played since April 21, while on the disabled list with a right elbow injury
Iannetta's surgery will be performed by Dr. Steven Shin, a hand and wrist specialist, in Los Angeles.
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